The Earl, a Girl, and a Promise

Kate Rothwell
The Earl, a Girl, and a Promise
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self published
Release Date
November 2013
Historical Romance

When a nearly naked woman crashes into his arms, Paul, the new Earl of Latterly, knows he's left his monk-like world behind. Raised apart from females by his misogynist father, Paul hardly knows how to speak with the delightful girl who's dashed out of the dance hall. But in a single night's tryst, they discover a passion he's long denied himself. Yet to his dismay, he learns Emma is the adopted sister of the very man he seeks. The true heir to the earldom, Paul's ne'er-do-well cousin.

Although she's tried to escape her free-loving mother's reputation, Emma consents to one night of lust...for a price. But as her heart falls for the stranger, she forgoes payment and flees into the night--only to find Paul on her doorstep again, seeking her brother. And offering an inheritance that will change her family's lives forever.

Her rapscallion brother needs training to blend with the ton, and Paul needs Emma's help. Fear of becoming his eccentric father makes Paul skittish, and Emma's outrageous family keeps the waters well-churned. But as Paul fulfills his promise to reveal the true heir, he and Emma must forge a new path to love. Before their pasts rob them of true happiness.

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
May 01, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
172 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read!

Paul Denton visits his uncle, the Earl of Latterly, on his deathbed and discovers that he won't be the new earl upon his uncle's death. He promises the Earl he will search for this other relation. He has a cousin in America that should inherit and his uncle kept this marriage secret from everyone, including the woman he was presently married to. So Paul travels to New York to check out this new information.

While he is investigating, a naked woman runs into him, scattering his brains into a lust-filled obsession. He cannot stop himself from wanting her and having her. He hopes the episode is over and continues searching for his cousin.

Finally, with the help of a street urchin named Tad, Paul finds his cousin Johnny Smith. He is bailing him out of jail when the beauty from last night walks in. He finds she is his cousin's half sister and Paul is appalled by the amount of lust he still has for her. He tries to control himself and finds he must reeducate the new earl. He removes Tad, Johnny, and Emma (his beautiful seductress) to the country to further educate Johnny in the proper deportment of an earl. There he meets their mother Rita, a loud, outspoken woman with no refinement.

Paul tries to control himself around Emma but when her old beau, Mr. Bishop, shows his interest in Emma, Paul goes crazy. His father had a mental breakdown and Paul is convinced this is the start of his demise.

The new cousin, who is set to inherit, is a loud-mouthed street-trained pick pocket and all around scoundrel. However, to Johnny's credit, Paul finds he has a good heart and is eager to learn. Johnny is quick to learn and wants to do right by his family but is no good at pretense. He sees that his half-sister and Paul have an intense interest in each other and thinks it a grand development. His mother is outspoken and irreverent; she doesn't care that people thought her an unwed mother when all along she was the Earl's rightful wife.

Paul is having a nightmare, thinking how all this will be accepted by London's aristocratic society, especially the Ton.

Emma, on the other hand, thought she was the only one keeping them from starving and was trying out a job at singing at a club when a brute tried to take advantage and literally ripped her costume off. That was the state she was in when she ran into Paul. Now she has to swallow her humiliation for her brother's sake and pretend she doesn't want Paul with all her heart.

There are so many twists and turns to this story it keeps you guessing. They go to London and Paul tries to teach them all to behave. He has a hard time making himself behave around Emma though.

I loved each and every character because they were so human and funny, fully fleshed and enchanting. This story, for its part, is hilarious and endearing. I laughed out loud at parts and kept turning pages for the rest of the book. It was a delight to read. I gave it five stars and wish I had more to give.
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